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Redemption Hospital Gets Autoclave
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Redemption Hospital Gets Autoclave

MONROVIA, September 4(LINA) - An autoclave procured by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been installed at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia.

The autoclave is an environmentally-friendly sterilizing equipment that will help in the disposal of contaminated and infectious medical and non-medical wastes generated in the hospital, a UNDP release issued Friday said.

“In continuation of UNDP Build Back Better Program, three consultants have arrived in the country from South Africa to begin the installation of six autoclaves delivered to health facilities in Bong, Lofa, Maryland, Margibi and Montserrado Counties,” the release added.

The wastes include syringes, personal protective suits and gloves. They are to go through several cycles of high-pressure steam and vacuuming, allowing for their safe disposal.

UNDP Autoclave Technician Shane Taylor says the steam equipment presents an alternative to burning wastes in open pits, barrels, or inexpensive incinerators without air pollution control equipment, which produce dangerous smoke and expose workers to flames.

“This is an eco-friendly machine that is very easy to use and very easy to maintain with seven simple  steps in its operations,” Shane said.

Community members have over the years complained of inhaling smoke generated from the incinerator at the hospital’s facility.

The Redemption Hospital is situated in a densely populated slum community near the nation’s capital, Monrovia. The New Kru Town community which has a population of 82, 614 residents, was one of the hardest Ebola hit communities in Montserrado County during the outbreak of the disease.

The initiative, worth US$4 million, is partially cost-shared by the Government of South Korea.

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